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This is a podcast about Dice Masters, focusing on building decks around cards that don't get used, and finding a way to make them competitive and fun! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) will take you on a journey to rediscover cards you may have forgotten about! Find more at TheReservePool.com!

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Episode # Title Release Date Length Description
TPA#000 This is a Test 05/03/2015 4:22 Welcome to Episode Zero of The Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) discuss exactly what you can expect in future episodes. We'll talk about Dice Master cards that get no love, and find a way to make them useful in a deck. Plus, you'll have some fun.
TPA#001 Aggro-Shields 05/11/2015 27:16 Welcome to Episode One of The Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) will build two teams based around cards you may not have given much thought to. One card received a really low rating by some Dice Masters review sites, and we will try to make it viable. The other card involves one of the most popular Marvel villains ever, and it may not be the card you're thinking of!
TPA#002 Black & Blue 05/26/2015 38:02 Welcome to Episode Two of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) have created two teams based around the concept "black & blue". You don't have Tsarina? We have built a team around another version of Black Widow. Are you bothered with the fact that lovable "blue eyes" himself, Thing doesn't get enough love? We will attempt to fix that!
TPA#003 Economy Worlds Team, AiA and Little Cup 06/06/2015 38:47 Welcome to Episode Three of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) will discuss a new Meta they created called "Little Cup"! Evan from the flagship podcast will be here to discuss a team we call "Apologies in Advance". And finally, Shadowmeld has come up with a way to play Dean Leyland's championship Worlds team... on a budget.
TPA#004 Hello AoU, Goodbye JuL! 06/23/2015 57:54 Welcome to Episode Four of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) will give you another Little Cup to mess around with -- specifically one that could do well at a National Tournament! Also, we say goodbye to the Justice League set by building a team around a character suggested by you: Swamp Thing! Finally, we build a team with the new Age of Ultron set designed to stop your opponent from generating energy. We also hear from Necromanticer and his new segment "Off the Meta". Plus, words of advice from the 2015 Latverian Dice Masters National Champion, Dr. Count Von Homash!
TPA#005 So Many Avengers! 07/06/2015 58:10 Welcome to Episode Five of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) showcase a team that...RJ...made? It's not even half-bad! We take a look at a new meta that helps you get some extra exercise in if you want, and Shadowmeld designs a West Coast Avengers team! Plus, more words from 2015 Latverian Dice Masters National Champion Dr. Count Von Homash, and Necromanticer returns to take us Off the Meta!
TPA#006 Taste the Rainbow 07/20/2015 55:37 Welcome to Episode Six of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) are back to celebrate a certain person's birthday with a focus on their favorite type of birthday cake: confetti cake! Get ready to taste the rainbow with two teams this week focusing on Prismatic Spray -- the uncommon and rare versions! Also, 2015 Canadian Dice Masters National Champion jthomash2 joins us to talk about his first-ever Little Cup team that focuses very heavily on sidekicks. Finally, Necromanticer gives Shadowmeld a gift by using his "Off the Meta" segment to showcase one of Shadow's favorite comic book characters ever: Nightcrawler!
TPA#007 Bad Choices / Sidekick Control 08/03/2015 Welcome to Episode Seven of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) are here to help you annoy your opponent, and also take control of all their sidekicks. The economy team this week is called "Bad Choices", while the main event team is entitled "Sidekick Control". We want to help you make your opponent's brain explode after they realize regardless of what choice they make, it's one that will slowly destroy them. In the main event, we provide a constructed team that debuts a new form of ramp -- something that might almost be as viable as PXG.

Now permanent co-host JT -- who is also the 2015 Canadian Dice Masters National Champion -- joins us to debut a Little Cup team (help us come up with a name!) based around Dragons and other stuff. IsaacBV created his first-ever Little Cup team, and the theme this week: Illuminati!

Finally, Necromaticer takes a look at Harley Quinn from the DC set for "Off the Meta", and Shadowmeld also debuts a new segment called "Shadowmeld's Laboratory". Finally, Dice Masters Drill Sergeant Rodd of Nor is back as a regular contributor to talk "tournament snacks".
TPA#008 Six Feet Under 08/17/2015 1:04:03 Welcome to Episode Eight of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) are doing a special Halloween episode...but not really. The theme this week is "Six Feet Under", and our two teams involve "The Walking Dead" and "Zombie Society of America"! Yes, we attempted to use one of the most useless affiliations in the game, and tried to make it fun.

Necromanticer joined in the fun by discussing Deadman and Black Canary during his "Off the Meta" segment, and Dice Masters Drill Sergeant Rodd of Nor wants to help you survive the zombie apocalypse.

Isaac debuts his new segment entitled "The Transition Zone" which will help you make the transition from casual to competitive, and 2015 Canadian Dice Masters National Champion JT will provide a Little Cup team he calls "Mini Masquerade".

Finally, we are excited to debut the work of the official artist of the Prep Area, Nick Sutphin! Follow him on Twitter at @Nickbert51, or check out his Facebook here, or his Deviantart here!
TPA#009 Masks, Masks, & More Masks! 08/31/2015 58:48 Welcome to Episode Nine of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) are going weekly! Come along for the ride! This week, we have two teams matching our theme -- "Maskers of Manipulation" and "Merry Masks and Pippin"! JT did a masks team last week, while we did an undead theme last week, so this week he is doing an undead team based on the Care Bears! (Or the villains, anyway...)

Necromanticer looks to make me happy by proving the worth of Booster Gold in "Off the Meta" while Dave joins The Prep Area team by moving the award-winning* "Six Pack" to our show!
TPA#010 Super Starhawk 08/07/2015 48:20 Welcome to Episode Ten of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) are weekly! Shadowmeld had a quick turn-around this week, but boy, did he bring the goods!

We've built two teams built around the rare Starhawk from the Age of Ultron set. First, our economy team is called "Guardians", which features many a character from the hit blockbuster film. Secondly, we are debuting Swarmhawk -- a team that hits super hard, and super fast. It's a lot-o-fun.

Nercomanticer is back with "Off the Meta", featuring a character that doesn't get much love, Juggernaut! Also, Isaac continues his "Transition Zone" segment which looks at improving your game.
TPA#011 Destruction vs. Fear 09/14/2015 48:30 Welcome to Episode Eleven of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) are back with another evil episode -- this one focusing on two teams based around two MONSTERS. Makes sense that we call this Destruction vs. Fear, hm?

"Destruction" is based around the uncommon Tarrasque from the D&D set. Maybe you expected the common or maybe you expected the Super Rare. Nope.

The main event team is "Fear", based around the common Parallax from the brand-new War of Light set coming out this week!

Shadowmeld will also take you into his laboratory to show you another evil combo, and Isaac returns to continue his "Transition Zone" segment to help you become more of a competitive player.
TPA#012 Red, Warth, & Blue 09/21/2015 55:41 Welcome to Episode Twelve of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) have two teams with a common character: the Rare Warth from War of Light!

First, we show you "Wonderdead". This team involves some heavy trapping, and should be a ton-o-fun to play!

Secondly, we tackle the Heroic mechanic with a team we called "Hope & Liberty". Warth and Captain America teaming up? Better believe it!

Also on this program, Dave returns to do another Six Pack, Isaac takes us into The Transition Zone and Shadowmeld has another crazy evil, combo for you to check out.
TPA#013 Back to the Feature - A Roll Through Time 10/03/2015 41:47 Welcome to Episode Thirteen of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) are back for the final episode of this series. We hope you'll stay tuned as there are bigger plans in the works.

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